28 Feb 2019
Sport Round up - February

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In athletics, Millfield athletes took part in the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships in Sheffield over half term. Year 9 pupil Lucy Fellows cleared a new high jump personal best to win the national title. She later followed with another personal best in the long jump to finish 5th. In the hurdles finals, Lower Sixth pupil Marcia Sey won the national title in a personal best of 8.45 seconds.

After only qualifying for the championships at the beginning of February, Lower Sixth pupil Amy Haslam showed great resilience and fighting spirit to clear her third attempt in pole vault. She then went onto clear a new personal best of 3.55m, and narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in 4th place.

Further 4th place positions were achieved by Year 11 pupil Lucia Gifford Groves in the U17 girls 300m, who also achieved a personal best, and Year 11 Jami Schlueter in the U17 men’s 60 metre hurdles, also with a new personal best.

A number of other personal bests were run across the weekend, with Lower Sixth Joe Chadwick running two personal bests in the 200m competition to narrowly miss out on a final place. Likewise, Year 10 Harry Barton, Upper Sixth Ollie Thorner and Upper Sixth Robyn Watkins all achieved new personal bests.

In cricket, a number of pupils played internationally in the weeks leading up to half term. Upper Sixth pupils Lewis Goldsworthy & Kasey Aldridge played in Bangladesh with the England Young Lions (England U19’s). Year 10 Joe Farmer played in South Africa with the Devon County U15 team.

Year 10 pupils Callum Harvey, Michael McNee, Aman Rao and James Hawksworth played in Sri Lanka with the Somerset County U15 team.

Upper Sixth pupil Sam Young, Lower Sixth pupil Ned Leonard and Year 11 pupil Jamie Baird travelled to India with the Somerset Academy. Lower Sixth pupil Max Hancock also played in Mumbai, training alongside the Somerset Academy at the Global Cricket School.

In dance, Upper Sixth pupil Alice Kramer has accepted a place to study for a degree in Contemporary Dance at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London from September.

In golf, 12 Millfield pupils took part in the Millfield and Desert Springs European Schools Team Tournament at Desert Springs in Spain over half term. Three teams of four players represented Millfield in the Team event, covering all levels, giving all golfers the chance to compete against each other gaining experience along the way.

Millfield team 2 finished in joint 2nd with 228 points. The team included Upper Sixth pupil Finn Morgan, Year 10 Sam Pepler, Upper Sixth Max Hill and Year 11 Max Apthorpe.

Millfield team 1 of Year 9 pupils Harriet Lockley and Monisha Chowdary, Lower Sixth William O’Halloran and Year 11 Elliot Battersby finished in 5th, with and Millfield team 3, including Year 10 pupils Jo Champion and Alex Champion, Year 9 Hugo Wu and Year 11 Oli Howell finishing 12th.

A number of pupils also attended training camps in Portugal: Lower Sixth Tom Peet (Welsh U18) Lower Sixth Mimi Rhodes (England U18) and Year 9 Harriet Lockley (Welsh Girls).

In hockey, a number of pupils were involved in an England camp over half term, where England played a three test match series against Ireland. Pupils involved included Upper Sixth pupils Louis Wrenn, Vicki McCabe andBecky Manton, and Year 11 pupils Kitty Chapple and Julia Spence.

In rugby, the U15 team were quarter finalists in their cup journey, after being defeated by a strong Whitgift side.

The senior VII lifted the first major sevens trophy of the season in Brecon, after defeating Hartpury College, Cardiff and Vale College and Llandovery in the knockout stages. Lower Sixth pupil Archie Friend was awarded the Prestigious Player of the Tournament.

Lower Sixth pupil Will Joseph and Upper Sixth Josh Gillespie have been selected for the England U18 training squad, with Lower Sixth pupils Dan John and Oli Burrows being selected for the Wales U18 squad.

Lower Sixth pupil Ewan Richards was also recently selected to captain the Bath U18 academy team.

In netball, Millfield’s U15 and U19 team are through to the Independent Schools Netball Cup final on 8th March at Hertfordshire University.

In outdoor education, a team of 13 Year 9 pupils travelled down to Dartmoor for their first overnight wild camping experience as part of their training for the Ten Tors challenge. The pupils honed their navigation skills in challenging conditions including driving rain and bitter cold, sleet and hail.

Six Upper Sixth pupils have achieved Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards: Phoebe Brittain, Alice Gray, Sebastian Berkeley, Florence Lunnon, Jessica Fullard and Lucia Wakelin-Gilden. They will collect their awards at Buckingham Palace in May.

In sailing, Year 9 Ed Neylan was part of the South West Squad who competed at the Topper nationals over half term.

In skiing, the Millfield Ski Racing girls’ team competed at the British Schoolgirls Races in Flaine, France, amongst a field of 153 competitors in age categories ranging U21-U14.

Lower Sixth pupil Milli Cowell, Year 10 Tilly Black and Year 9 Halle Heath competed in the Giant Slalom in heavy powder conditions, with two runs each down the course.

Tilly was the fastest skier of the day, winning the U16 category and overall GS winner’s trophy.

All three girls also competed in the slalom race in tough conditions but couldn’t quite complete the two runs each for a team place.

In tennis, ten Millfield pupils helped Pro Direct film the launch of the Wilson Clash racquet. Watch a video of their session here.

In triathlon, a number of pupils have visited the Chris Boardman Cycling Performance Centre in Evesham, including using their physiology lab and wind tunnel, to better understand and develop their skills both on the bike and in the classroom. Read more.